Many stores such as Walmart, Amazon and Target release their annual list of hot toys for the holiday shopping season. The stores themselves are not just guessing – they have the ability to predict the hot toys based on early buying patterns, such as for birthdays and other holidays. So you have to take these lists seriously if you want to make sure your kids find the top toys waiting for them this year.
We took a look at various store-based toy lists and we’ve picked out some products that we think will rise to the top of many kids’ wish lists.
LEGO Ninjago Building Kit
The latest LEGO movie Ninjago extends the popular dragon-based characters from the Ninja series. This Ninjago Green Ninja Mech building kit has a fantastic 544 pieces and it puts kids right into the middle of the action. This large figure sports a minifigure cockpit, articulated snapping jaws, posable body, and a wheel-activated swooshing tail.
The kit include four additional mini-figures The Green Ninja, Wu, Garmadon and Charlie, as well as an array of weapons.
We really like these LEGO building kits that kids can actually play with, rather than static kits that you pretty much put on a shelf and stare at.
K’NEX Thrill Rides Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set
There are over 430 pieces in this exciting K’NEX Thrill Rides Roller Coaster building set. After you receive the satisfaction of completing your build you then get to actually run the air-powered car around the track. This looks like a really fun set similar to other K’NEX building sets such as the giant Ferris Wheel.
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox – Building and Coding
With the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox you and your child can build one of five multi-functional robots and control them with the easy-to-use coding blocks on your tablet. LEGO has come a long way into creating a robotic building set that combines technology education with the fun of building and reaching the final creation.
This set is recommended for ages 7-12 years old.
Nickelodeon – Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower
The Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Lookout Tower is more than two and a half feet tall and features interactive lights and authentic sounds. Hear each character’s signature phrase with the press of a button. There is also a rotating periscope and a central elevators that takes the mini-figures up and down. And finally there are vehicle launchers along the base – ready for some exciting fun.
This set is recommended for ages 3 and up.
Lulu Jr. My Comic Book Making Kit
Enough with the high-tech toys and building kits. This is the very unique My Comic Book Making Kit. Okay yes – it is technically a building kit, but in this case it gives you various tools to help you create your very own 18-page full-color comic book. This kit will boost your child’s creativity and give them a sense of self-esteem when they’ve completed their book.
Recommended for ages 6 and up.